Explore the most popular lake trails near Clark with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I haven't hiked it yet. I am considering it for a wedding site in Sept. how is the hike in Sept? flowers?? aspen trees??

thank you

hiking
7 months ago

Completed this hike over Labor Day weekend and it was hot, but lovely. The trail begins in the parking lot of marina of steamboat lake. The trail is quite easy (don't think it should be rated as moderate) although it is a longer journey. The trail doesn't provide any cover so make sure to bring sunscreen, hat, long sleeves, all the essentials for a day in the high altitude sun. The trail winds around the lake makes its way toward 129. Cows were grazing along side of the road which piqued the curiosity of our dog. While the trail follows the road for a bit, it doesn't take away from the surrounding beauty too much. You will cross another small road the goes near the visitor center which provided a nice break in some air conditioning after some time in the hot sun. A fork in the road by the cabin indicates the way. This will also lead you to Tombstone loop, a short and easy easy loop gains a small of elevation and provides some good views. The whole trip took us about 5 hours with breaks.

Beautiful trail with many streams and varied terrain. One of the best in the Zirkle Wildernesses

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike, Lake is pretty! Fish were jumping the whole time!

hiking
9 months ago

Wow! Trail was not too bad. Got steep about the last mile as you are nearing Gilpin Lake.

hiking
9 months ago

long but awesome. saw a grizzly so bring blow horn or pistol. bring lunch. jumped into the snow melt lake and lasted 5 seconds but refreshing.

Moderate hike with little traffic and a Great Lake payoff. The bald eagle at the top was a nice bonus. Be prepared to drive on a dirt road for a decent stretch before you arrive at the trail head.

hiking
10 months ago

I hiked from the Slavonia trailhead to Gilpin Lake and back. It was 10.5 miles roundtrip. Took about 4.5 hours hiking plus 1.5 hour relaxing at the lake. Pretty highly trafficked. When you get to the fork just past the trailhead, go left (counterclockwise) to head towards Gilpin Lake. The first 4 miles up were easy, the last 1.25 pretty strenuous (more difficult due to altitude). Be sure to drink and bring ample water and snacks! Absolutely STUNNING hike! Crossing streams, meadows with wildflowers and aspen groves! My favorite hike all time!!

If you get the chance - swim in the lake! Such an amazing experience. Cold but so refreshing for the hike back down! This is a MUST DO in steamboat!

hiking
10 months ago

Just a handful of other hikers. Moderate hike with a fair amount of shade along the way and just enough creeks and water access for the dogs along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

For a group of flatlanders (MN) this was a tough hike. Altitude played a bit of an issue. There are some streams you will have to cross, so be prepared to possibly get wet.

Also, the last 1/2 mile is the steepest.

Good time, but I clocked more like 9.5, so plan accordingly

backpacking
10 months ago

The loop going counter clockwise had some amazing views! Swam in both Gilpin Lake and Gold Creek Lake. Camped in this gorgeous valley. Plenty of water the whole way.

hiking
10 months ago

Started hiking from Slavonia trailhead with lots of beautiful wildflowers along the path to start out. All the vegetation was super lush and green throughout. Too many stream crossings to count in all and easily crossable with the exception of the Gilpin Creek crossing. Water was too wide to cross so we had to take off boots and socks and wade across the freeeeezing cold water but the current was manageable. The incline up to Gilpin lake was easy the whole way. There was a bit of snow remaining just before Gilpin Lake but easy to get through. Gilpin Lake itself is magical and we had the place entirely to ourselves. You're following alongside the rushing waters pretty much the whole time up and back down to the lush vegetation and wildflowers. Wonderful amazing hike!! One of the best we've done in Colorado for sure! Wubalubadubdub!!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked July 5. Of all trails in Seedhouse area, Gilpin was our favorite. Gorgeous hike! Not many hikers that day, several relatively easy creek crossings, one more difficult, but very doable, creek crossing 1 mile from lake. We crossed barefooted, and yes, water was cold but bearable. Last mile was very wet and muddy, last 100 yards or so was uphill in a couple feet of soft snow, lake was 90% melted, Worth the 10 mile round trip hike. Didn't see any bears, mountain lions or moose. Lots of chipmunks and columbines. Our favorite hike in the Steamboat area.

hiking
10 months ago

Went on Monday, July 3rd. trail head was crowded but we found a decent spot. The first 1.5-2 miles of the trail are amazing! Wildflowers everywhere. After the big blow down area and burn area the trails gets more and more wet. About .5 miles from the lake is stream crossing that was up to my upper thighs and well since it's snow melt, ice cold. I made it across find but my wife who is under 150lbs was having a hard time with the current. I would be EXTREMELY careful with this crossing with kids or dogs, the water is in the 40s and fast moving. The rest of the trail after that is a giant mud mess and the last 200ft is 4-5ft of snow. The pass to do the Zirkel circle is not passable unless you have the right equipment.

7/2/2017 - nice moderate hike with a good mix of flowing stream/rapids, snow-capped peaks in the distance, and fairly large lake. Caught 7 brookies on panther martin.

hiking
11 months ago

only made it 2 miles because I was nervous about my dog crossing a rapid with only a tree bridge. We saw a mother moose and baby in the pond about 1.5 miles up the Gilpin lake trail

Made it 4 miles to gold creek which was too high to cross. I ended up wading across the creek, which was a loss since the trail was covered up by snow the rest of the way to gilpin lake (1/2 mile left). I ran into park rangers who said the snow generally lasts until mid-July, so would recommend doing this hike later in the summer!

All the hikes off seedhouse road are worth it!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail with a moderate grade all the way. Wildflowers are beginning to come out and views are wonderful. A lot of trees across the trail right now but we met some Forest Service volunteers who were making a survey, so maybe the tress will be gone soon. We got in about 4.5 miles and had to stop at a stream we couldn't cross. A woman we met waded across (probably not a very good idea considering how swift the current was ) but the snow was so deep on the other side that she couldn't continue. Look forward to doing this again later in the season.

We went on June 20 and were not able to make it all the way to the lake. About 2 miles in, enough snow had melted to make the stream impassable with our dog. We saw several people who were on their way back after making the crossing who said they made it to ~.3 mile from he lake but couldn't ever find it due to losing the trail in the snow.

Still a beautiful hike! We ended up taking the fork left about 1.5 miles in to go to Mica Basin instead. Beautiful views!

I would imagine you'd be able to reach Gilpin Lake with no problem in maybe a couple weeks.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike, left from Salvonia TH and went right onto Gold Creek Lake. You can hike the whole loop and make it to Gilpin Lake. Perfect weather right now.

trail running
11 months ago

Hiked out .7 miles from trailhead with family, ran the rest. The trail past the visitors center is currently closed 1/2 mile out. I got 5 miles all told.

hiking
11 months ago

Such a beautiful trail! It snowed just a few weeks ago so we were not able to make it all the way to the lake...sounds gorgeous though. Also, 2 people in the last 2 days had seen bears so beware of your surroundings! Highly recommended.

hiking
11 months ago

It was beautiful! we went on September, loved walking through the aspen trees,moderate level, Definitely recommend it!

Friday, April 07, 2017

One of the best hikes in the area

backpacking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fantastic fishing. At one point you would have thought it was raining with all the rising. Was comical

Friday, March 10, 2017

One of the best in North Routt!

backpacking
Monday, December 26, 2016

A wonderful and moderate level hike with breathtaking views at every switchback and turn. Gilpin Lake is quite the treasure. We will definitely hike this trail again.

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Beautiful early September hike!

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This trail was incredible! The wild flowers and aspen trees made the journey even more enjoyable. There were also babbling brooks at every turn! During our 11mile loop we saw two lakes and climbed close to 12,000ft. It was a gradual climb and worth every second! I highly recommend this trail!

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